First Blood: John Rambo is a former green beret and a specialist in killing people. When he’s discharged from the military service, he arrives in a small town where he meets a local sheriff who arrests him for being a bum. All hell breaks loose as Rambo escapes and is starts being hunted like an animal.
First Blood – Part 2: Rambo is sitting in jail for the events of Part 1 when his former boss, Colonel Trautman comes to visit and makes a proposal that can set him free. Rambo needs to go back to Vietnam and report on American POW’s that are still present. When Rambo himself gets captured while trying to free others, all hell breaks loose.
Rambo III: Rambo is fed up with war and has joined a monastery. Then Trautman comes along again, asking him to do a top secret mission in Afghanistan. Rambo declines but when Trautman himself gets captured by the Russians, Rambo decides to rescue him and… all hell breaks loose
Sound and Vision:
First Blood part 1 and 2 are old movies that have been restored but there’s still some scratches and dust present here and there. Also at times the movies tend to be a bit on the soft side. Rambo III, however, looks fantastic and probably couldn’t have gotten a better treatment.
The sound is decent but a bit hollow in the first two movies. It’s not bad, but the blu-ray treatments of f.i. the Dirty Harry movies was better.
An interview with Sylvester Stallone in Paris where he was promoting “Rambo” and talks quite honestly about all the movies. Quite interesting but some more extras wouldn’t have hurt.
With the Rambo trilogy we get to see these iconic action movies from the 80s back and probably better than we’ve ever seen them before. Part 1 is clearly the best and the over-the-top violence rises incrementally with Rambo III having become a true comedy even. This Blu-ray release is a very nice one with good packaging and decent image and sound, but on the extras department Universal really lets us down by adding only an interview with Stallone. Fans of the ultimate fighter should not let this one pass by!